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Do you want to have the latest research on cities and creativity served to you on a silver platter?
Then this is the session for you!
We ran an open call for researchers worldwide to answer the Creativity World Forum CITY challenge: How to transform city heritage into a city of opportunities? This three-hour ram-packed session is the result.
Here, you will meet the five reviewers in debate, the six selected researchers and their takes on urban creativity - and the research will be presented not only verbally, but also through animations.


Join us for an animated debate of cutting edge research; how does research enter society and how can creativity be a driver for viable urban development in a changing world?

Globally, more people are city-dwellers than not. The move towards urban areas is only gathering speed: With Western countries leading the way, projections sway between 64 and 70 percent of the world population that will live in cities by 2050.

Cities on the rise, creative cities and cities of opportunities build on new insights into urban planning, new (smart) public spaces and a growing ecosystem for creative citizen engagement and urban experimentation. Cultural and creative institutions, neighbourhoods and incubators are increasingly becoming significant actors in shaping viable urban life. Yet our cities still face the legacy of industrial heritage, silo-oriented governance models and old infrastructures. How do city dwellers navigate between these legacies and new ways of urban living?
People worldwide are excited about the plenteous opportunities cities offer and increasingly choose the city as their place to live, work and play. This has led to challenges for rural areas and the urban rural divide has in many places been sharpened. Can we rethink and “redo” the rural-urban divide through creativity and culture? Will digitalisation further disrupt our old dichotomies and create new more fluent and inclusive spaces?
The academic debate at the Creativity World Forum highlights these important topics against a backdrop where many cities are re-scoping towards a creative city whilst dealing with inherited structures and population pressure. This is not an easy balance.